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At the annual meeting of the New England Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the 2015 Thomas E. Desjardins Memorial Scholarship was awarded to UMass students Francis Tainter, who received the Undergraduate Student Scholarship, and Jing Ding-Mastera, who received the Graduate Student Scholarship. 

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The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) has received a $100,000 grant from the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) to measure the effectiveness of competency models for job-specific professional development of engineers and engineering technicians. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Christopher Ahmadjian,  Ph.D., P.E., M.B.A., Associate Director, UMTC. The Senior Research Advisor is Ronald J. Karren, Ph.D., Professor of Management, Isenberg School of Management.

A business briefs roundup in India West, the largest weekly East Indian newspaper published on the West Coast of the U.S., reported that a research team of engineers from UMass Amherst and policymakers from the World Bank is developing a centralized compilation of public data, or “knowledge platform,” to benefit 100-million people in India, China, Bhutan, and Bangladesh who live near the Brahmaputra River basin in South Asia. The India West report was derived from a News Office release based on a College of Engineering news article.

Associate Professor Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was a central participant in World Water Week, held from August 23 to 28 in Stockholm, Sweden. The theme of World Water Week 2015 was “Water for Development.” The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) organizes the international conference annual event, the highest profile international meeting in the water world.

Master's student Nicholas Fournier has received the 2015 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. Fournier is in his second year of studying regional planning at UMass Amherst.

Professor John Tobiason of our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was a prime interviewee for an August 16 Smithsonian magazine article commenting about The Drinkable Book, a remarkable publication made of pages that can purify water in developing countries using silver nanoparticles implanted in the paper. Researcher Theresa Dankovich of Carnegie Mellon University is the creative mind behind the technology, which she began researching as a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

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